Wild Goose Poetry Review

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Jessie Carty, Everyone Named Her Bright

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Jessie Carty
EVERYONE NAMED HER BRIGHT — A BOP POEM

-after Rachel Aviv’s article “Like I was Jesus”

which she thought meant she glowed.
She did not connect her ability to read,
to writing her name, to a intellectual
brilliance. She wanted to actually see
herself shining like that moment before
the light went out in the refrigerator.

Everyone named her bright.

In those same early years,
before school, she pictured Jesus
as a flower, curling up from his
grave because he rose. She didn’t
understand how he could be
so beautiful and also so constantly
cross until she thought

(everyone named her bright)

of how easily she could move
from playtime to anger by finding
yet another hole in the white dress
she favored for her favorite doll. The doll
which she often left naked on the edge
of the tub as she waited for it to be altered.

Everyone named her bright.

Author’s Comment: I’m working on a poem project where I’m trying newer forms – thus the attempt at the Bop (http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/5773) with this piece that I originally wrote without any concentration on form. It is a response to a line from an essay I read in an anthology which is now available online. http://www.harpers.org/archive/2009/08/0082606 You never know what will inspire you.

Bio: Jessie Carty is the author of five poetry collections including the chapbook An Amateur Marriage (Finishing Line Press, 2012) which was a finalist for the 2011 Robert Watson Prize. She teaches at RCCC in Concord, NC. You can find her editing Referential Magazine or blogging at http://jessiecarty.com.

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August 14, 2012 at 11:04 am

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  1. Thrilled to be in such a terrific issue!

    jessiecarty

    August 14, 2012 at 6:40 pm

  2. Your experimentation really worked. I enjoyed reading this with the repetition of ‘bright’ throughout the poem.

    Pris Campbell

    August 14, 2012 at 11:54 pm

  3. I love this experiment! The cadence works great, the humor showcases nicely, and it retains a poignant note throughout.

    Annmarie

    August 15, 2012 at 4:53 am

  4. Thanks guys! This is part of the manuscript I’m starting to send to publishers :)

    jessiecarty

    August 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  5. This poem made me smile, Jessie. Funny yet intelligent. The bop form works well and I especially like the second stanza.

    LindaH

    October 2, 2012 at 8:36 am

    • Thanks, Linda! I have read more bop poems since I wrote this one and I can’t wait to try another one :)

      jessiecarty

      October 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm


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